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Chunar: A Town Wedded To Mysterious Forces Of Nature (Photo Feature)

Chunar a small town sandwiched between Mirzapur and Varanasi district is virtually wedded to supernatural forces.  If you happen to be in this city you will surely come to feel what one really means when one says time has come to a standstill! This town as per legends is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu placed  first step during His Vaman incarnation, and thus,  this place  got its name  “Charanadri”. This in turn got converted to Chunar with advent of time. The place also known as Nainagarh was depicted as place haunted by supernatural events in novel penned by Devaki Nandan Khatri known as Chandrakanta.

Anyway, the popularity of this place rests on Chunar fort built by KIng Vikramaditya of Ujjain to facilitate the meditation of his brother Bharthari, who happened to be a great Yogi. This fort later fell in hands of Mughal rulers via Shershah Suri. Finally it came under British rule and remained in its possession until India gained freedom in 1947.  This place is surrounded by Vindhya Hills. In rainy season, this place is no less than a paradise since greenery prevails everywhere.  The presence of river Ganges provide its a divine touch and so many beautiful waterfalls  located close to this town are like icing on the cake for distant visitors!

Let’s have a glimpse of the beauty which prevails in this area via the photographs.

Chunar Station lies on Howrah-New Delhi route. Many important trains from Allahabad have their stoppage at this Junction station.

Chunar Station lies on Howrah-New Delhi route. Many important trains from Allahabad have their stoppage at this Junction station.Beautiful Landscape before arrival of this station.

Vast Open Fields...

Vast Open Fields…

Rainfall makes train journey visual delight....

Rainfall makes train journey visual delight….

 

Two old ladies engaged in heartfelt conversation....

Two old ladies engaged in heartfelt conversation….

Mirzapur Station....

Mirzapur Station….

India belongs to farmers....

India belongs to farmers….

View outside the train's window...

View outside the train’s window…

Visual Delight...

Visual Delight…

Treat for the eyes....

Treat for the eyes….

Very Close To Arrival Of Dagmagpur Station after which arrives Chunar Junction :P

Very Close To Arrival Of Dagmagpur Station after which arrives Chunar Junction 😛

Express train was running like a passenger train owing to track related problems :P

Express train was running like a passenger train owing to track related problems 😛

Dagmagpur Station Has Arrived :P :P :P

Dagmagpur Station Has Arrived 😛 😛 😛

Unknown Dusty Road. Now that's the rustic charm :-)

Unknown Dusty Road. Now that’s the rustic charm 🙂

Notice That Hills Gain Prominence Before Arrival of Chunar Junction!

Notice That Hills Gain Prominence Before Arrival of Chunar Junction!

Hills are clearly visible if you happen to take road route...

Hills are clearly visible if you happen to take road route…

That's the road which connects my village falling in Mirzapur district with  Chunar :P

That’s the road which connects my village falling in Mirzapur district with Chunar 😛

Glimpse Of Road Journey To Chunar!

Glimpse Of Road Journey To Chunar!

Even Road Journey In Rainy Season Is Awesome..

Even Road Journey In Rainy Season Is Awesome..

Chunar Station....

Chunar Station….

Chumar is famous for pottery work. It's known for its Plaster of Paris crafts ...

Chumar is famous for pottery work. It’s known for its Plaster of Paris crafts …

An overview of Chumar Station...

An overview of Chumar Station…

Chnuar Is A Junction station. One trtack leads to Howrah while the other track leads to Shaktinagar ,Tatanagar and etc.  In the picture one can see CCM arriving from Chopan route. Other well known trains in this route are Moori Express, Swarna Jayanti Express and Triveni Express.

Chnuar is a Junction station. One track leads to Howrah while the other track leads to Shaktinagar ,Tatanagar and etc. In the picture one can see CCM arriving from Chopan route. Other well known trains in this route are Moori Express, Swarna Jayanti Express and Triveni Express.

 

Not many are aware that a dusty road from Varanasi leads to Chumar via Chunar Ghat. The interesting part of this route is that you get an opportunity to have a boat ride across Ganges. That's the road originating in Varanasi in good shape but as we move towards Chunar it gets converted into dusty road..

Not many are aware that a dusty road from Varanasi leads to Chunar via Chunar Ghat. The interesting part of this route is that you get an opportunity to have a boat ride across Ganges. That’s the road which originates  in Varanasi in good shape but as we move towards Chunar it gets converted into dusty road..

That's the landscape which appears if you happen to take road route to Chunar from Varanasi...

That’s the landscape which appears if you happen to take road route to Chunar from Varanasi…

A well known Shakti Peeth On Varanasi-Chunar road route. It's called Sheetala Maa Temple :-)

A well known Shakti Peeth On Varanasi-Chunar road route. It’s called Sheetala Maa Temple 🙂

Scene Around Chunar Ghat....

Scene Around Chunar Ghat….

Passengers On Way To Catch Boat To Chunar :-)

Passengers On Way To Catch Boat To Chunar 🙂

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Skyline At Chunar Ghat...

Skyline At Chunar Ghat…

Chuar Fort's Rear View From Chunar Ghat Side...

Chuar Fort’s Rear View From Chunar Ghat Side…

This Pontoon Bridge Remains Operational All Through The Year But In Rainy Season This Becomes Dysfunctional ...

This Pontoon Bridge Remains Operational All Through The Year But In Rainy Season This Becomes Dysfunctional …

This permanent bridge is under construction!

This permanent bridge is under construction!

Cool Backdrop ....

Cool Backdrop ….

Nature's Paradise...

Nature’s Paradise…

View Of The Fort From The Boat :-)

View Of The Fort From The Boat 🙂

View Of The Fort On  A Day When Dark Clouds Ruled The Roost...

View Of The Fort On A Day When Dark Clouds Ruled The Roost…

Rain waters came to change the face of Ganges...

Rain waters came to change the face of Ganges…

Hard to find suitable phrase to honour the prevailing beauty...

Hard to find suitable phrase to honour the prevailing beauty…

In The Company Of Nature's Beauty...

In The Company Of Nature’s Beauty…

Dance of The Nature...

Dance of The Nature…

Who will love to wipe out such scenes from mind's landscape?

Who will love to wipe out such scenes from mind’s landscape?

 

Magic Of Ganges...

Magic Of Ganges…

 

Beware don't use my cousin Kaanha's this toy steamer to cross the river :P :P :P

Beware don’t use my cousin Kaanha’s this toy steamer to cross the river 😛 😛 😛

That's The Ghat (River Bank) at Chumar's Side...

That’s The Ghat (River Bank) at Chumar’s Side…

Beautiful Shiva Temple ....

Beautiful Shiva Temple ….

Ganges Inside The  Chunar Town...

Ganges Inside The Chunar Town…

Passengers from Chunar going to Varanasi...

Passengers from Chunar going to Varanasi…

It's time to wander on the streets of Chunar to understand that some place are cut off from the usual pace of time..

It’s time to wander on the streets of Chunar to understand that some places  are cut off from the usual pace of time..

Chunar being close to Varanasi has  developed love for congested lanes..

Chunar being close to Varanasi has developed love for congested lanes..

Rustic charm prevails everywhere in Chunar...

Rustic charm prevails everywhere in Chunar…

Streets Of Chunar...

Streets Of Chunar…

Life goes on...

Life goes on…

Life in  a small town is very close to real shades of life....

Life in a small town is very close to real shades of life….

Inside the Chunar Town..

Inside the Chunar Town..

A Popular Corner At Chunar...

A Popular Corner At Chunar…

Streets In Sync With Peace...

Streets In Sync With Peace…

Market Of Chunar...

Market Of Chunar…

Streets In League With Ancient Charm...

Streets In League With Ancient Charm…

Look At The Way Homes Have Been Constructed...Not much different than ones noticed in remote corners of Peru...

Look At The Way Homes Have Been Constructed…Not much different than ones noticed in remote corners of Peru…

The Sky Too Is Witnessing Ancient Appeal...

The Sky Too Is Witnessing Ancient Appeal…

View Of  Chunar From The Top ...

View Of Chunar From The Top …

View Of Sanskrit Paathshala...The building in dilapidated state bears testimony to poor state of Sanskrit teaching...

View Of Sanskrit Paathshala…The building in dilapidated state bears testimony to poor state of Sanskrit teaching…

I came to notice that this city has lots of small and big Shiva temple...

I came to notice that this city has lots of small and big Shiva temple…

Shiva Temple In Company Of Flowers..

Shiva Temple In Company Of Flowers..

Shiva Temple In The Company Of  Greenery..

Beautiful Flowers…

Showcasing Greenery...

Showcasing Greenery…

Rainy Or Winter season are the perfect period to witness the beauty of flowers..

Rainy Or Winter season are the perfect period to witness the beauty of flowers..

Ancient Shiva Temple Known As Boodhenath Baba Situated Inside Fort of Chunar...

Ancient Shiva Temple Known As Boodhenath Baba Situated Inside Fort of Chunar…

 

Beautiful Kid...

Beautiful Kid…

Innocent Sparrows.. A specie in danger :-(

Innocent Sparrows.. A specie in danger 😦

Cows pretty excited about being clicked :P :P :P

Cows pretty excited about being clicked 😛 😛 😛

View Of Chunar Fort...

View Of Chunar Fort…

View Of The Fort From Distance...

View Of The Fort From Distance…

Chunar Fort Looks More  Ancient In Monsoon Period!

Chunar Fort Looks More Ancient In Monsoon Period!

This fort has witnessed so many centuries....

This fort has witnessed so many centuries….

Fort That Survived The Onslaughts Of Time...

Fort That Survived The Onslaughts Of Time…

Saintly Figure Ma Anandmayi Rested At This Place During His Chunar Visit in 50s.

Saintly Figure Ma Anandmayi Rested At This Place During His Chunar Visit in 50s.

Time Changes...

Time Changes…

 

View Of The Fort From A Corner Famous For Dussehara Festival...

View Of The Fort From A Corner Famous For Dussehara Festival…

Got An Opportunity To Visit Nearby Jungle  Close  To Chunar...

Got An Opportunity To Visit Nearby Jungle Close To Chunar…

Wet Greenery :-)

Wet Greenery 🙂

A Poetic Path Leading To House In Jungle :P

A Poetic Path Leading To House In Jungle 😛

Greenery's Dominance..

Greenery’s Dominance..

Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Being Prepared....

Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Being Prepared….

Litti ( An edible prepared from flour) being prepared :P :P :P

Litti ( An edible prepared from flour) being prepared 😛 😛 😛

Inside The Isolation Of Jungle..

Inside The Isolation Of Jungle..

Connected With The Stillness...

Connected With The Stillness…

Always Very Close To Ganges...

Always Very Close To Ganges…

Close To The Fort..

Close To The Fort..

Shiva Temple And Ganges: Hope They Always Find Me...

Shiva Temple And Ganges: Hope They Always Find Me…

That's The Shiva Temple Always By My Side Since Childhood..

That’s The Shiva Temple Always By My Side Since Childhood..

The Same Shiva Temple From A Different Angle....

The Same Shiva Temple From A Different Angle….

With A Senior Journalist Of Varanasi/Chunar,Shri  Rajendra Mishraji. He is also a well knowm social activist.

With A Senior Journalist Of Varanasi/Chunar,Shri Rajendra Mishraji. He is also a well knowm social activist.

Ganges At Evening Hours At Chunar...

Ganges At Evening Hours At Chunar…

Samadhi Site Of One Of The Greatest Saints Of India lying Inside District Court, Mirzapur.

Samadhi Site Of One Of The Greatest Saints Of India lying Inside District Court, Mirzapur.

That's The Place Where He Became One With Supreme Consciousness. Hope His Blessings Continue To Prevail In Our Lives He Was A Great Divine Figure...

That’s The Place Where He Became One With Supreme Consciousness. Hope His Blessings Continue To Prevail In Our Lives. He Was A Great Divine Figure…

His  Ashrama At This  Secluded Place Situated On Bank Of Ganges..

His Ashrama At This Secluded Place Situated On Bank Of Ganges..

Noticed This Cute Shiva Temple On Bank Of Ganges In Mirzapur...

Noticed This Cute Shiva Temple On Bank Of Ganges In Mirzapur…

Ganges In Mirzapur....

Ganges In Mirzapur….

Ganges In Mirzapur Exhibiting  Her Hugeness...

Ganges In Mirzapur Exhibiting Her Hugeness…

Boat And The Passengers ...

Boat And The Passengers …

Evening Hours At Chunar...

Evening Hours At Chunar…

Majestic Sky...

Majestic Sky…

Many Moods Of Sky...

Many Moods Of Sky…

Hope To Find Chunar Again- Native Place Of My Mother...

Hope To Find Chunar Again- Native Place Of My Mother…

P.S.:  All Images Clicked By The Author Of This Post. Unauthorized Use Of Images Without Permission Of The Author Is Strictly Prohibited

 

Glimpse Of Village Life: An Ode To Serenity And Simplicity (Photo Feature Part One)

Rural landscape despite being marred by new sociological aberrations allow one to be in company of serenity and simplicity.  That’s one of the reasons which make me  embrace rural world in all its totality. Have a look at these beautiful images which bear testimony to the fact that nature’s beauty alone has the capacity to provide you real bliss.  This photo feature is in two parts. The first one deals with summer life whereas the part two unfolds life during winters.  Interestingly, the winter scenes belong to my previous trip to my village few months back.

River Yamunaji in Allahabad

River Yamunaji in Allahabad

Hilly Terrain In Lalganj, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.

Hilly Terrain In Lalganj, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.

My spirit wanders at such places!

My spirit wanders at such places!

Life at its best....

Life at its best….

Scenes outside the train's window as it makes me reach my station Pahara :-)

Scenes outside the train’s window as train makes me reach my station Pahara 🙂

India belongs to farmers!

India belongs to farmers!

Pahara Station That Leads To My Village Kanaura :-)

Pahara Station That Leads To My Village Kanaura 🙂

Overview Of Pahara Station From Atop A Railway Bridge :P

Overview Of Pahara Station From Atop A Railway Bridge 😛

That's Busy Delhi- Howrah Route....

That’s Busy Delhi- Howrah Route….

Outside Pahara Station...

Outside Pahara Station…

Glimpse Of Vindhyanchal Hills !!

Glimpse Of Vindhyanchal Hills !!

The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

On The  Way To My Village...The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

On The Way To My Village…

Morning Hours In My Village....

Morning Hours In My Village….

Neemkaudis of Neem Tree :P :P :P

Neemkaudis of my Neem tree 😛 😛 😛

My Neem Tree Planted By The Ancestors...

My Neem Tree Planted By The Ancestors…

Small Shiva Temple At My Old Village Home!!

Small Shiva Temple At My Old Village Home!!

Under The Shade Of My Neem Tree....

Under The Shade Of My Neem Tree….

Why The Calf Is Not Coming With Me :P :P :P

Why The Calf Is Not Coming With Me 😛 😛 😛

The Home Which Witnessed My Ancestors......

The Home Which Witnessed My Ancestors……

The Calf In My Arms Which Refused To Go Away With Kids ha..ha .ha

The Calf In My Arms Which Refused To Go Away With Kids ha..ha .ha

The Same Calf In Sleeping Mode...

The Same Calf In Sleeping Mode…

With The Sweet Cows....

With The Sweet Cows….

Rice Cultivation Is In Process On My Fields....

Rice Cultivation Is In Process On My Fields….

Rice Cultivation....

Rice Cultivation….

Monitoring Rice Cultivation...

Monitoring Rice Cultivation…

Rural Landscape...

Rural Landscape…

Vast Agricultural Fields...

Vast Agricultural Fields…

Village Children Aiming At Green Mangoes  :-)

Village Children Aiming At Green Mangoes 🙂

Another Child Playing With His Indigenous Toy :P :P

Another Child Playing With His Indigenous Toy 😛 😛

Serenity ......

Serenity ……

Traces of Greenery In Scorching Summer Heat...

Traces of Greenery In Scorching Summer Heat…

Proof That Metal Road Exists In My Village :P

Proof That Metal Road Exists In My Village 😛

Imagine  A Cricket Pitch Right In The Middle Of This Vast Land :-) In fact, we played cricket on one such pitch even as the sun came to breathe fire!!

Imagine A Cricket Pitch Right In The Middle Of This Vast Land 🙂 In fact, we played cricket on one such pitch even as the sun came to breathe fire!!

Imagine the silence which hits such places....

Imagine the silence which hits such places….

These are the places which constitute the essence of my childhood....

These are the places which constitute the essence of my childhood….

Fields near the banks of  Ganges....

Fields near the banks of Ganges….

Canals Are Important Means Of Irrigation. However, in Uttar Prdesh Canals have become defunct...

Canals are important means of irrigation. However, in Uttar Prdesh Canals have become defunct…

My best friend reading consciously my latest write-up...Glad that she showed a deep interest in it :P :P :P

My best village friend reading consciously my latest write-up…Glad that she showed a deep interest in it 😛 😛 😛

My Best Village Friend Possess Artistic Temperament...This self-made hand fan is standard evidenece of her artistic bent of mind....

My Best Village Friend Possess Artistic Temperament…This self-made hand fan is standard evidence of her artistic bent of mind….

 A Village Kukkur ...I mean A DOGGIE :P :P :P

A Village Kukkur …I mean A DOGGIE 😛 😛 😛

 

The Real Village Of Yesteryear .....

The Real Village Of Yesteryear …..

A Chameleon That I Noticed Many Times ....It appears to be great Shiva Devotee :P :P :P

A Chameleon That I Noticed Many Times ….It appears to be great Shiva Devotee 😛 😛 😛

Former Gram Pradhan Of My Village...

Former Gram Pradhan Of My Village…

And That's The Scene Which Makes Me To Be Madly In Love With My Village....Ganges,  The Mother Of Universe, Flows In My Village With All Its Beauty And Grandeur.....

And That’s The Scene Which Makes Me  Madly In Love With My Village….Ganges, The Mother Of Universe, Flows In My Village With All Its Beauty And Grandeur…..

Ganges: The Lifeline Of Bharata....

Ganges: The Lifeline Of Bharata….

Banks Of Ganges Are Confluence Of Peace, Bliss And Divinity :-) :-) :-)

Banks Of Ganges Are Confluence Of Peace, Bliss And Divinity 🙂 🙂 🙂

That's why I Miss My Village So Much...

That’s why I Miss My Village So Much…

Jai Ganga Maiyya Ki.....

Jai Ganga Maiyya Ki…..

I do not need heaven after seeing such scenes...

I do not need heaven after seeing such scenes…

A Right Place To Enter In Meditation...

A Right Place To Enter In Meditation…

Evening Prevails Upon The Banks...

Evening Prevails Upon The Banks…

Ganges In Evening Hours....

Ganges In Evening Hours….

Hope Mother Ganges Always Takes Care Of Me Amid Maya Of The Lord....

Hope Mother Ganges Always Takes Care Of Me Amid Maya Of The Lord….

Captured two naughtiest boys :P They are also part of our Village cricket team :P :P :P

Captured two naughtiest boys 😛 They are also part of our Village cricket team 😛 😛 😛

Myself At My Ancestral Home....A Place That Keeps Me Connceted To My Chilhood...Hope This Place Never Loses Its Majestic Aura!!!

Myself At My Ancestral Home….A Place That Keeps Me Connected To My Childhood…Hope This Place Never Loses Its Majestic Aura!!!

Evening Prevails....Mornings and Evenings Hold A  Special Meaning In Rural World...Their Beauty Is Unmatched...

Evening Prevails….Mornings and Evenings Hold A Special Meaning In Rural World…Their Beauty Is Unmatched…

Time To Catch Train To Allahabad!

Time To Catch Train To Allahabad!

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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Varanasi: The City Of Moksha (Salvation)-Photo Feature

Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in world. A city which believes in living life to its fullest. It teaches us the art to associate with life in a fun-filled way. It’s a city which is sandwiched between traditional values and modern beliefs, wherein traditional vibes enjoy an upper hand over global ideas! It’s also a city where life enjoys a wide space even in most congested lanes. The city cries foul about encroachments yet congested lanes constitute the heart of city pulsating with cultural, spiritual, literary and colourful happenings. Needless to state its popularity has transcended national boundaries. It’s one of the cities which enjoy constant arrival of foreign tourists from distant lands. It’s strange to notice that dusty lanes do not disappoint such sophisticated and sensitive foreign visitors, who are really overwhelmed and impressed after interacting with so many unique shades of life at Lord Shiva’s abode! It’s hard to decipher why this city, also known as Kashi, enjoyes so much respect among foreign visitors, but for Indians the reason of its popularity within themselves is so evident: It’s a city which belongs to Lord Shiva known as Vishwanath- the one who rules over the entire universe. He is the one who promotes nothingness yet never allows the colourful life to lose its relevance as long as one finds meaning in it! That’s the reason why people wish to breath their last breath in this city even as the city never misses to offer enough food to every hungry person who happens to venture into this city. And that too everyday-thanks to Goddess Annapoorna who happens to be the giver of food and nourishment! 

My Train To Varanasi  Just Left  Allahabad Junction's paltform :-)

My Train To Varanasi Just Left Allahabad Junction’s Platform 🙂

Beautiful and serene Ganges :-)

Beautiful and serene Ganges 🙂

And Arrives Varanasi-The City Of Lord Shiva :-)

And Arrives Varanasi-The City Of Lord Shiva 🙂

 

The City Close To My Heart :-)

The City Close To My Heart 🙂

Varanasi : One of the oldest living cities in the world :-)

Varanasi : One of the oldest living cities in the world 🙂

The Square (read crossing) always enjoys a heavy traffic in Varanasi :-)

The Square (read crossing) always enjoys a heavy traffic in Varanasi 🙂

You will not find streets empty in Varanasi :P

You will not find streets empty in Varanasi 😛

Mall Culture Also Prevails In Varanasi :-)

Mall Culture Also Prevails In Varanasi 🙂

Photogenic Kids Playing In One Of The Lanes In Varanasi :P

Photogenic Kids Playing In One Of The Lanes In Varanasi 😛

Varanasi Breathes In Lanes :-)

Varanasi Breathes In Lanes 🙂

Every time I Visit Varanasi I Always Notice Streets In Making :P

Every time I Visit Varanasi I Always Notice Streets In Making 😛

Benaras Hindu University Hospital

Benaras Hindu University Hospital

 

Roads Spread On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University Were Not Only Clean But Also Empty!

Roads Spread On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University Were Not Only Clean But Also Empty!

A Beautiful Road Leading To New Vishwanath Shiva Temple situated on the campus of Benaras Hindu University :-)

A Beautiful Road Leading To New Vishwanath Shiva Temple Situated On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University 🙂

Benaras Hindu University Has A Huge Campus :-)

Benaras Hindu University Has A Huge Campus 🙂

New Vishwanath Shiva Temple :-)

New Vishwanath Shiva Temple 🙂

Myself Outside The Temple :-)

Myself Outside The Temple 🙂

My Brother-in-Law who works at BHU Hospital Happily Played The Role Of Lensman For Images Which Feature Myself :P

My Brother-in-Law Who Works At BHU Hospital Happily Played The Role Of Lensman For Images Which Feature Myself 😛 The Statue Behind Him Belongs To Sri Madan Mohan Malviya Ji Who Was The Founder Of This Great Benaras Hindu University (BHU)

Beautiful View Of New Vishwanath Temple :-)

Beautiful View Of New Vishwanath Temple 🙂

Inside The Temple :-)

Inside The Temple 🙂

Extremely Beautiful Ceiling :-)

Extremely Beautiful Ceiling 🙂

Beautifully Built Temple :-)

Beautifully Built Temple 🙂

The Temple's Walls Are Full Of Inscriptions Carved On It Over Marble Slabs :-)

The Temple’s Walls Are Full Of Inscriptions Carved On It Over Marble Slabs 🙂

Nandi The Bull : Vehicle Of Lord Shiva :P

Sri Nandi The Bull : Vehicle Of Lord Shiva 😛

Greenery Is In Abundance :-)

Greenery Is In Abundance 🙂

Nand The Bull Also Acts As Transmitter :P Devotees Of Shiva Believe That Whatever One Speaks Into The Ears Of This Bull Reaches Straight To Lord Shiva :-) My Brother-in-Law Did Not Miss The Opportunity :P

Sri Nandi The Bull Also Acts As Transmitter 😛 Devotees Of Shiva Believe That Whatever One Speaks Into The Ears Of This Bull Reaches Straight To Lord Shiva 🙂 My Brother-in-Law Did Not Miss The Opportunity 😛

For Me It Was Enough That I Came To Have The Company Of Nandi Maharaj :P

For Me It Was Enough That I Came To Have The Company Of Nandi Maharaj 😛

On The Stairs Leading To Lord Shiva :-)

On The Stairs Leading To Lord Shiva 🙂

Happy Divine Moments :-)

Happy Divine Moments 🙂

Enveloped in divinity :-)

Enveloped in divinity 🙂

The Simple Structure Behind Brother-in-Law Is Used By The Devotees To Engage In Chanting Mantras :-)

The Simple Structure Behind Brother-in-Law Is Used By The Devotees To Engage In Chanting Mantras 🙂

Rose Garden :-)

Rose Garden 🙂

Extremely Beautiful View Of Temple :-)

Extremely Beautiful View Of Temple 🙂

Evening Arrives :-)

Evening Arrives 🙂

It's A Two Storey Temple :-)

It’s A Two Storey Temple 🙂

Glad To Notice Sri Adi Sankara's Bhaja Govindam Strotam :-)

Glad To Notice Sri Adi Sankara’s Bhaja Govindam Strotam 🙂

Lord Shiva's Statue On First Floor :-) Jai Shiva :-)

Lord Shiva’s Statue On First Floor 🙂 Jai Shiva 🙂

That's The Statue Of Lord Shiva Situated On The First Floor :-) Om Namah Shivay :-)

That’s The Statue Of Lord Shiva Situated On The First Floor 🙂 Om Namah Shivay 🙂

Beautiful Ceiling That I Noticed On First Floor :-)

Beautiful Ceiling That I Noticed On First Floor 🙂

Also Notice Sri Laxmi- Narayana Ji's Statues :-) Salutations To Both Of Them :-)

Also Noticed Sri Laxmi- Narayana Ji’s Statues 🙂 Salutations To Both Of Them 🙂

 

Complete Srimad Bhagavad Gita Inscribed On One Single Marble Slab :-) Jai Sri Krishna :-)

Complete Srimad Bhagavad Gita Inscribed On One Single Marble Slab 🙂 Jai Sri Krishna 🙂

Also Noticed Sri Gautam Buddha In A Shiva Temple :-)

Also Noticed Sri Gautam Buddha In A Shiva Temple 🙂

One Feels Great Peace Of Mind At This Place :-)

One Feels Great Peace Of Mind At This Place 🙂

Goddess Durgaji's Statue Inside The Temple :-) My Pranama To The Mother Of Cosmos :-)

Goddess Durgaji’s Statue Inside The Temple 🙂 My Pranama To The Mother Of Cosmos 🙂

Brother-in-Law Sitting Under In Meditative Mudra Under Ashoka Tree :-) That's The Same Tree Under Which Sitaji Sat When She Was Held Captive At Lanka. It's Believed That This Tree Has The Power To Make You Rise Above All Worries :-)

Brother-in-Law Sitting  In Meditative Mudra Under Ashoka Tree 🙂 That’s The Same Tree Under Which Sri Sitaji Sat When She Was Held Captive At Lanka. It’s Believed That This Tree Has The Power To Make You Rise Above All Worries 🙂

Kanha My Cute Cousin Really Taken Aback On Seeing Me Leaving Varanasi. He Came To Bid Me Goodbye :-) Relax! I will Come Again And Again :P :P :P

Kanha My Cute Cousin Really Taken Aback On Seeing Me Leaving Varanasi. He Came To Bid Me Goodbye 🙂 Relax! I will Come Again And Again 😛 😛 😛

Hope Lord Shiva's Blessings Always Keep Me In State Of Bliss :-)

Hope Lord Shiva’s Blessings Always Keep Me In State Of Bliss 🙂

Mother Ganges At Mirzapur Which I Noticed While Going To My Village From Varanasi :-)

Mother Ganges At Mirzapur Which I Noticed While Going To My Village From Varanasi 🙂

 

 

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

I have no hesitation in admitting that Allahabad (ancient name Prayag) redefined my beingness.It made me down-to earth, allowing me to view life in its true shades. Although I tried my best to capture all the shades of Allahabad, I am sure I would have missed some beautiful locations. I hope  future writers would explore these untouched places in a colourful way. However, in the last part of the photo feature, I have shifted my attention from modern landscape of Allahabad to areas which still remind of the ancient times. Infrastructural bottlenecks prevented me from using state-of-the-art technology in capturing  the images and that made me bit depressed. However, now in the aftermath of the publication of photo features, I feel pretty satisfied that I still came to do some good work. These photo features are a tribute to great city Allahabad- my birthplace. A city that taught me how to emerge successful in rising above contradictions to have glimpse of the Absolute!

 

Such roads making their way through dusty colonies of Allahabad remind me of Varanasi! This road connects Anand Bhawan area with Katra.  Katra is area very ppular among middle class section of Allahabad. It's also most favourite destination of student; after all, it lies close to Allahabad University :-)

Such roads making their way through dusty colonies of Allahabad remind me of Varanasi! This road connects Anand Bhawan area with Katra. Katra is very poular among middle class section of Allahabad. It’s also most favourite destination of students; after all, it lies close to Allahabad University 🙂

This area resembles Varanasi city in its style and mannerism!

Katra resembles Varanasi city in its style and mannerism!

It was  cold and foggy when I came to visit Katra but observe the rush at this place.  On ordinary days, this popular crossing at Katra is so full of  people that traffic policemen are reduced to caricature of sorts while managing them!

It was cold and foggy when I came to visit Katra but observe the rush at this place. On ordinary days, this popular crossing at Katra is so full of people that traffic policemen are reduced to caricature of sorts while managing them!

This road needs no introduction for Allahabadis :P It's University Road :-)

This road needs no introduction for Allahabadis 😛 It’s University Road 🙂

One of the eminent hostels associated with Allahabad University. It's named after Sir Sunder Lal, who in 1906 became the  the first Indian Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University!  He was by profession an advocate, who later also served as High Court Judge.

One of the eminent hostels associated with Allahabad University. It’s named after Sir Sunder Lal, who in 1906 became the the first Indian Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University! He was by profession an advocate, who later also served as High Court Judge.

Right in front of one of the gates of Allahabad University!

Right in front of one of the gates of Allahabad University-Oxford of the East !

 

One of things which separates Allahabad University from Benaras Hindu University is the quality of roads spread in University area :P :P .. The streets adjacent to Benaras Hindu University are so much in love with potholes that all the time you have to look downwards with fear ha..ha ..ha ..That's not the case in Allahabad :P :P :P

One of the things which separates Allahabad University from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi,  is the quality of roads spread in University area 😛 😛 .. The streets adjacent to Benaras Hindu University are so much in love with potholes that while walking  you have to look downwards  all the time with fear ha..ha ..ha ..That’s not the case in Allahabad 😛 😛 😛

On The Campus Of Allahabad University :-)

On The Campus Of Allahabad University 🙂

Once upon a time I always ventured on these beautiful situated on the Allahabad University's Campus :-)

Once upon a time I always ventured on these beautiful  roads situated on the Allahabad University’s Campus 🙂

 A beautiful park on the campus of University..Notice no love birds are present :P :P :P

A beautiful park on the campus of University..Notice no love birds are present 😛 😛 😛

In my days it was not a Central University.  Today, it has attained the status of being a Central University!

In my days it was not a Central University. Today, it has attained the status of being a Central University!

Road adjacent to Allahabad University...When you move ahead on this road arrives Prayag Railway Station!

Road adjacent to Allahabad University…When you move ahead on this road arrives Prayag Railway Station!

Loitering on these University Roads was one of the main activities of College Days!

Loitering on these University Roads was one of the main activities during College days!

Don't be confused :P We are still inside University's Campus :P :P :P

Don’t be confused 😛 We are still inside University’s Campus 😛 😛 😛

Notice the activities on main Univesrity Road.  Streets remain the same but faces of students get changed!

Notice the activities on main University Road. Streets remain the same but faces of students get changed!

Main Katra Market!

Main Katra Market!

A prominent Goddess Kaliji temple  at  Katra, Allahabad !

A prominent Goddess Kaliji temple at Katra, Allahabad!

This time Lord Hanuman Ji is resting inside the Temple : -)

This time Lord Hanuman Ji is resting inside the Temple : -)

One of the street crossings at Katra :-)

One of the street crossings at Katra 🙂

A glimpse of life at Katra!

A glimpse of life at Katra!

Lonely Road in Allahabad :P

Lonely Road in Allahabad 😛

 The most prominent Sports Complex in Allahabad! It's named after movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who hails from this city :-)

The most prominent Sports Complex in Allahabad! It’s named after movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who hails from this city 🙂

Maharana Pratap Crossing :-)

Maharana Pratap Crossing 🙂

It's getting dark :-)

It’s getting dark 🙂

CMP Degree College in Allahabad- a constituent college of Allahabad Univesity.   It has produced great students in past.  And so when I hear about stories of viloence, disruption of studies on its campus, it really sadddens me!  I have been student of this college and we remember that in our batch most of the students came to score more than students of Allahabad University!

CMP Degree College in Allahabad- a constituent college of Allahabad University. It has produced great students in past. And so it really saddens me when I hear about stories of violence, disruption of studies on its campus.  I had been student of this college and we remember that in our batch most of the students came to score more than students of Allahabad University in prominent subjects like Philosophy, English Literature, Physics and etc. !

great discussions.  Long Live This Cute Tree :P :P :P

And under this great tree Philosophy and English Literature students often had great discussions. Long Live This Cute Tree 😛 😛 😛

At this place it was so hard to control the tears..At this place I found some great teachers like Anand  Srivastava Sir, Ghatak Sir  and many others who imparted so many  values to young and fresh minds like us!  In fact, they were generous enough to give additional lectures in staff room during lunch hours!

At this place it was so hard to control the tears..At this place I found some great teachers like Anand Srivastava Sir (Philosophy), K K Ghatak Sir (English Literature), K C Srivastava (Ancient History)  and many others who imparted so many  values to young and fresh minds like us! In fact, they were generous enough to give additional lectures in staff room during lunch hours!

Road that led to English Lectures in those days :-)

Road that led to English Lectures in those days 🙂

The park in which my science department friends played cricket during Chemistry hours :P

The park in which my science department friends played cricket during Chemistry hours 😛

 I hope new students who become part of this great college would keep its standards high. I am happy to notice that most of my friends from this college of that batch, from both Arts and Science Wings, have done exceptionally well in their post college lives!  And I should not hesitate that I also fell in love with someone at this place :-)

I hope new students who become part of this great college would keep its standards high. I am happy to notice that most of my friends from this college of that batch, from both Arts and Science Wings, have done exceptionally well in their post college lives! And I should not hesitate to state that I also fell in love with someone at this place 🙂

 

This cute Krishna Temple in Meerapur area makes me smile. That's because this area has prominent Shakti Peeths of Allahabad: Lalita Devi Temple And Kalyani Devi Temple!

This cute Krishna Temple in Meerapur area makes me smile. That’s because this area has prominent Shakti Peeths of Allahabad: Lalita Devi Temple And Kalyani Devi Temple!

Entrance gate of Krishna Pranaami Temple :P ..Name itself is so cute :P

Entrance gate of Krishna Pranami Temple 😛 ..Name itself is so cute 😛

Goddess Lalita Devi Temple In Meerapur Area!  It's one of the Shakti Pithas in Allahabad!

Goddess Lalita Devi Temple In Meerapur Area! It’s one of the Shakti Pithas in Allahabad!

Goddess Lalita Deviji :-0

Goddess Lalita Deviji 🙂

Actvities like Ved Paatha always takes place inside Lalita Devi Temple :-)  Sadly, I could not get a better image :-(

Actvities like Ved Paatha always takes place inside Lalita Devi Temple 🙂 Sadly, I could not get a better image 😦

Outside Kalyani Devi Temple :-) Beautiful structure :-)

Outside Kalyani Deviji Temple 🙂 Beautiful structure 🙂

Inside View Of The Kalyani Deviji Temple :-)

Inside View Of The Kalyani Deviji Temple 🙂

Another view of Kalyani Deviji's temple :-)

Another view of Kalyani Deviji’s temple 🙂

And life goes on at its usual pace outside Kalyani Deviji's temple!

And life goes on at its usual pace outside Kalyani Deviji’s temple!

Road Adjacent To Ewing Christian College!

Road Adjacent To Ewing Christian College!

On the way towards Muthiganj :-)

On the way towards Muthiganj 🙂

Life in another part of Allahabad away from the glamour of elite areas like Civil lines :-)

Life in another part of Allahabad away from the glamour of elite areas like Civil lines 🙂

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Allahabad. It was established by by Swami Vijnanananda in year 1908! He was a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna!

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Allahabad. It was established by by Swami Vijnanananda in year 1908! He was a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna!

Front View Of This Important Spiritual Center in Allahabad :-)

Front View Of This Important Spiritual Center in Allahabad 🙂

It has got its own wonderful library! No wonder this Mission is so popular among students!

It has got its own wonderful library! No wonder this Mission is so popular among students!

Meditation room inside this Mission having images of Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sharda Deviji, Swami Vijnanananda ji  and Swami Vivekananda ji!

Meditation room inside this Mission having images of Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sarada Deviji, Swami Vijnanananda ji and Swami Vivekananda ji!

Books For Sale Inside The Temple :-)

Books For Sale Inside The Temple 🙂

Close Look At The Books :-)

Close Look At The Books 🙂

Havana Taking Place On Occassion Of Vivekananda's Birth Ceremony At The Mission :-)

Havana Taking Place On Occasion Of Vivekananda’s Birth Ceremony At The Mission 🙂

Swami Nikhilatamanandaji, current head of this center in Allahabad, giving lecture on relevance of Swami Vivekananda's views in modern times!

Swami Nikhilatamanandaji, current head of this center in Allahabad, giving lecture on relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s views in modern times!|

Very Conscious Listeners :-)

Very Conscious Listeners 🙂

 Swamijis at Ramakrishna Mission  are very well-infomed, highly educated and down-to-earth  people!

Swamijis at Ramakrishna Mission are very well-informed, highly educated and down-to-earth people!

This tea stall has photo of Anna Hazare :P :P :P

This tea stall has photo of Sri Anna Hazare 😛 😛 😛

Sri Krishna Selling Jewellery :P :P :P

Sri Krishna Selling Jewellery 😛 😛 😛

Khusro Bagh in Allahabad...A place that glimpse about Mughal architecture.  It has tombs of tombs of Khusrau Mirza (died 1622), eldest son of emperor Jahangir, Shah Begum, Khusrau's mother (died 1604), a Rajput princess and Jahangir's first wife, and that of Princess Sultan Nithar Begam.

Khusro Bagh in Allahabad…A place that gives glimpse of  Mughal architecture. It has “tombs of Khusrau Mirza (died 1622), eldest son of emperor Jahangir, Shah Begum, Khusrau’s mother (died 1604), a Rajput princess and Jahangir’s first wife, and that of Princess Sultan Nithar Begam.” (Text borrowed from Wiki)

 

This place cultivates best varieties of Guava. This park is about to get the status of National Eco-Knowledge Park!

This place cultivates best varieties of Guava. This park is about to get the status of National Eco-Knowledge Park!

It has been rennovated to attract tourits :-) I am happy that it is close to my house :P

It has been renovated to attract tourist 🙂 I am happy that it is close to my house 😛

Peace  prevails here :P

Peace prevails here 😛

Besides Guava trees  a large number of mango trees are found here!

Besides Guava trees a large number of mango trees are found here!

As informed earlier such parks in Allahabad are often occupied by students preparing for competitive exams...See how they are engaged in studies :-)

As informed earlier such parks in Allahabad are often occupied by students preparing for competitive exams…See how they are engaged in studies 🙂

Eco friendly Hanumanji inside Khusro Bagh :P

Eco-friendly Hanumanji inside Khusro Bagh 😛

One of the tombs situated inside the Khusro Bagh!

One of the tombs situated inside the Khusro Bagh!

Green house plantation inside the Khusro Bagh!

Green house plantation inside the Khusro Bagh!

Very old Banayan Trees inside Khusro Bagh...If you sit under them you are bound to engage in deep meditation :P

Very old Banayan Trees inside Khusro Bagh…If you sit under them you are bound to engage in deep meditation 😛

Very Beautiful Scene Inside Khusro Bagh...Leaves Everywhere...A Very Striking Image Both Philosophically And Aesthetically :-)

Very Beautiful Scene Inside Khusro Bagh…Leaves Everywhere…A Very Striking Image Both Philosophically And Aesthetically 🙂

It was a delighful sight for me to see cricket match going at such a romantic place :P

It was a delightful sight for me to see cricket match going on at such a romantic place 😛

Cricketers giving  a pose :P :P :P

Cricketers giving a pose 😛 😛 😛

I had a hard time bringing this squirrel under the lens :P :P :P

I had a hard time bringing this squirrel under the lens 😛 😛 😛

Such Scenes Make You Fall In Great Romance With Nature :-) :-) :-)

Such Scenes Make You Fall In Great Romance With Nature 🙂 🙂 🙂

Another Tomb Inside Khusro Bagh!

Another Tomb Inside Khusro Bagh!

A flower fallen on ground yet it  has such a bright smile :P ..We should be like this flower: Broken and dejected yet always smiling :-) :-) :-)

A flower fallen on ground yet it has such a bright smile 😛 ..We should be like this flower: Broken and dejected yet always smiling 🙂 🙂 🙂 Anyway, it’s called flower of Semal Tree (Bombax cieba)

Khusro Bagh Has Awesome Sight :P

Khusro Bagh Has Awesome Sight 😛

PINKISH BLISS :P :P :P

PINKISH BLISS 😛 😛 :P…

 

That's called Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba). In India it's called Semal.

That’s commonly called Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba). In India it’s called Semal and we often notice this tree along the road in Allahabad!

Noticed this depressed motor bike inside Khusro Bagh :P :P :P  "Girls don't trust me"  :P :P :P

Noticed this depressed motor bike inside Khusro Bagh 😛 😛 😛 “Girls don’t trust me” 😛 😛 😛

May Lord Always Give Enough To Eat These Unfortunate Souls! I wonder why state-governments do nothing for these abandoned souls?  It's really sad scene!

May Lord always give such unfortunate souls enough to eat! I wonder why state-governments do nothing for these abandoned souls? It’s really a sad scene!

And these are fortumate souls, who came to take a dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela..Now they are happily returning back to their respective places!  They come from distant lands, facing all sorts of hardships!

And these are fortunate souls, who came to take a dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela..Now they are happily returning back to their respective places! They come from distant lands, facing all sorts of hardships!

Unlike women from cities, these rural woman are quite tough both physically and mentally! The city women are usually bit lazy types :P :P :P

Unlike women from cities, these rural woman are quite tough both physically and mentally! The city women are usually bit lazy types 😛 😛 😛

Varanasi sees foreign visitors throughout  the year but in Allahabad foreign visitors come only special occasions like Kumbh Mela, International Conferences and etc.  Here they are seen waiting for train at Allahabad Junction!

Varanasi sees foreign visitors throughout the year but in Allahabad foreign visitors come only during  special occasions like Kumbh Mela, International Conferences and etc. Here they are seen waiting for train at Allahabad Junction!

Hope they had nice experiences in Allahabad :-) :-) :-)

Hope they had nice experiences in Allahabad 🙂 🙂 🙂

A Bird's Eye View Of My Locality From Rooftop Of My House :-) :-)

A Bird’s Eye View Of My Locality From Rooftop Of My House 🙂 🙂

This pic is especially for the likes of Sucheta ji, living in foreign lands :-) I hope Suchetaji, living in USA,  at least come to notice one cute activity taking place on Indian roof :P :P

This pic is especially for the likes of Sucheta ji and Carmenji living in foreign lands 🙂 I hope Suchetaji, living in USA,  comes to notice at least one cute activity taking place on Indian roof 😛 😛 Kids from my family having a great time on the rooftop 🙂

Allahabadis love flying kites :-) View of the beautiful sky over my roof :-)

Allahabadis love flying kites 🙂 View of the beautiful sky over my roof 🙂

And these are students of the year :P :P :P

And these are students of the year 😛 😛 😛

Kids engaged in serious discussion right in the middle of the street! Kids have become so serious nowadays :P :P

Kids engaged in serious discussion right in the middle of the street! Kids have become so serious nowadays 😛 😛

This corner at my locality remains quite busy during festivals :-) :-)

This corner at my locality remains quite busy during festivals 🙂 🙂

walking in the middle of the railway tracks! That's why tragedies  take place!

A Railway Over-bridge close to my locality!! And notice one guy walking in the middle of the railway tracks! That’s why tragedies take place!

Sports Stadium Belonging To Railways!

Sports Stadium Belonging To Railways!

 

And evening prevails :-)

And evening prevails 🙂

On the road near Baluva Ghat!  This area is in old Allahabad!

On the road near Baluva Ghat! This area is in old Allahabad!

Activities Near Baluva Ghat. Well, ghat in India signifies that we are close to the bank of a river!

Activities Near Baluva Ghat. Well, ghat in India signifies that we are close to the bank of a river!

Lord Hanumanji in the making :P :P :P

Lord Hanumanji in the making 😛 😛 😛

Ma Yamuna ji ..She is very dear to Lord Krishna...And I am really disappointed to see so much garbage on its banks..Let's not forget that it's a very busy place owing to religious ceremonies taking place throughout the year.

Ma Yamuna ji ..She is very dear to Lord Krishna 🙂  And I am really disappointed to see so much garbage on its banks..Let’s not forget that it’s a very busy place owing to religious ceremonies taking place throughout the year.

Who has allowed black beauties ( read buffaloes) to take dip in Yamunaji  :-( :-( :-(

Who has allowed black beauties (read buffaloes) to take dip in Sri Yamunaji 😦 😦 😦

Scenes around Baluva Ghat made me feel I have traveled back in time!

Scenes around Baluva Ghat made me feel I have traveled back in time!

Black Beauties Have Now Attained  Regular Moksha :P :P :P

Black Beauties Have Now Attained Regular Moksha (liberation)  😛 😛 😛

Myself at Khusro Bagh :-)

Myself at Khusro Bagh 🙂

India is land of great rivers and great mountains. It's our duty to keep them clean. Why are we so casual in keeping them in good shape?  Hope Sri Yamunaji remains evergreen in this nation.  Just see what we have done to her in Delhi area?  Let's not the same happens to her in Allahabad. Jai Sri Yamunaji..Pranama to Everybody: Sri  Radha Krishna, Gopas, Gopikas And Cows  :P :P :P

India is land of great rivers and great mountains. It’s our duty to keep them clean. Why are we so casual in keeping them in good shape? Hope Sri Yamunaji remains evergreen in this nation. Just see what we have done to her in Delhi area!  Let’s not the same happens to her in Allahabad. Jai Sri Yamunaji..Pranama to Everybody: Sri Radha Krishna, Gopas, Gopikas And Cows 😛 😛 😛

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Reference:

Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

Many find Allahabad a very tough place to live an honourable life. That’s because  even though it came to enjoy a wonderful divine legacy, it never  ensured  a desired vibrancy for average souls. It never created any scope for living a truly fun-filled life, being all the time involved in dry intellectual activities.  Lack of  proper encouragement on the part of city towards its vast pool of talented brains have now given way to brain drain sort of affair. Many great souls remained an unsung hero in this city. However, what’s amazing is that it keeps on producing great souls at a regular interval! In nutshell, it’s a city of true beauty, real romance and mysticism. The city teaches you how to remain true to life in a real way, making it very clear to any conscious soul that life is not a bed of roses and it is meant to discover new mysteries of nature. Naturally, average souls running after money, fame, beautiful girl, big house, big car and many other cosmetic affairs would always feel disappointed to be part of this city. Having said that, I hope this city learns to truly honour its exceptional souls and also learns to be bit more blissful!  

 

That's one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji's  temple situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it's so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place  :P

That’s one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji’s temples situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it’s so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place 😛

The Streets Of Civil Lines Makes People Of Other Areas Jealous :P

The Streets Of Civil Lines Make People Of Other Areas Jealous 😛

Hard To Forget This Guy...During university days, I came to buy so many  greta classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment.  He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of  his magazine corner...This shop is hot favourite among  students!  Although Internet has affected the sales.

Hard to forget this guy…During university days, I came to buy so many great classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment. He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of his magazine corner…This shop is hot favourite among students! Although Internet has affected the sales, it was good to anticipate the great spirit of his father, also seen in the pic, who digested the change in philosophical way. Now that’s called wisdom!

Quite a romantic place to have tea!  It's adjacent Company Garden!

Quite a romantic place to have tea! It’s adjacent Company Garden!

 

When I say it's a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines are we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance :P

When I say it’s a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines area we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance 😛

Allahabad Museum Inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park ( Alfred Park or Company Garden). This musuem displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

Allahabad’s museum inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Alfred Park or Company Garden). This museum displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary  Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices  new- age romance :P Anyway, it's a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices new- age romance 😛 Anyway, it’s a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful  Government Public Library.  This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne.  This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887.  Let's not forget it was capital city from of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days and even now I am the most frequent visitor!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful Government Public Library. This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne. This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887. Let’s not forget that Allahabad was capital city  of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days I was the most frequent visitor! Even now also I can be seen here 😛

It's not that one notices only romance in parks..Here most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

It’s not that one notices only romance in parks..In Allahabad most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociousely involved in Cricket match :P ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociously involved in Cricket match 😛 ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time :P :P :P

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time 😛 😛 😛

Saint Joseph's College View Which Lies Adjacent To Company Garden :P

Saint Joseph’s college  which lies adjacent to Company Garden 😛

That's the road which connects Company Garden To Civil Lines-the heart of  city dominated by glamour and modernity!

That’s the road which connects Company Garden with  Civil Lines-the heart of city dominated by glamour and modernity!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture :P

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture 😛

Laxmi Book House Is First Choice Of Any Journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other :P :P :P

Laxmi Book House is first choice of any journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other 😛 😛 😛

Palace Theatre enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It's one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, it's old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes  from "Thodi Se Bewafai" (1980) to " Ship of Thesus" (2012)  at this Palace :P :P :P

Palace Theater enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It’s one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, its old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes from “Thodi Se Bewafai” (1980) to ” Ship of Thesus” (2012) at this Palace Theater 😛 😛 😛

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again.  This hall needs to be rennovated at the earliest.  Two prominet movies which I came to see when they got realeasd were Richard Attenborough's Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielber's Jurassic Park (1993).

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again. This hall needs to be renovated at the earliest. Two prominent movies which I came to see here when they got released were Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993).

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class.  It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class. It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Resting place of capitalist forces :P

Resting place of capitalist forces 😛

Worried about your future :P Consult him in Civil Lines under this tree :P

Worried about your future 😛 Consult this astrologer  at Civil Lines under this tree 😛

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines :-(

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines 😦

Public Service Commission - an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Public Service Commission – an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

And that's the place where I work:  Allahabad High Court :P

And that’s the place where I work: Allahabad High Court 😛

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court :P :P :P

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court 😛 😛 😛

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika's  office holds a special place in my heart.  This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika.  Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper.  Today it's not that financially successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high.  V.S Datta, seniormost jourmalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments to him as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika’s office holds a special place in my heart. This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika. Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper. Today it’s  financially not that successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high. V.S Datta, senior-most journalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper in year 1995 he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments  as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

Lawyer's Hanuman Temple :P :P :P It's situated close to Allahabad High Court.  Most of the lawyers firts have Hanumanji's blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers :P :P :P ...Well, it's time for now to take a litle break before I come back with Part three of photo feature related with Allahabad :-)

Lawyer’s Hanuman Temple 😛 😛 😛 It’s situated close to Allahabad High Court. Most of the lawyers first have Hanumanji’s blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers 😛 😛 😛 …

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

 

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a vist ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy telphone department that I have to come here to buy phone related instruments quite often :-(

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a visit ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy Telephone Department that I have to come here quiet often to buy phone related instruments  😦

One of the busiest rail bridge!

One of the busiest rail bridge!

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee's Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It's situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee’s Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It’s situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

This Hanumanji's temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad :-) Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad :P

This Hanumanji’s temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad 🙂 Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad 😛

Cute Street At Rambagh!

Cute Street At Rambagh!

It's a place which gives rise to new doctors :P :P :P

It’s a place which gives rise to new doctors 😛 😛 😛

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt?  :P :P

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt? 😛 😛

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. " Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process."

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. ” Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process.”

 

Roads teach you a lot!

Roads teach you a lot!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaj with Lord Rama...However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers :P ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu's incarnation,  would always remain one of the most significant moment in the history of Prayag!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaja with Lord Rama…However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers 😛 ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu’s incarnation, with Rishi Bharadwaja would always remain one of the most significant moments in the history of Prayag!

 

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi :-)

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi 🙂

That's the ancestral home of India's first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That's why visitors never miss this place :-)

That’s the ancestral home of India’s first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That’s why visitors never miss this place 🙂

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a  famous planetarium.

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a famous planetarium.

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy  has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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Reference:

Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad enjoys a glorious legacy. It’s a city that has been dominated by best minds since time immemorial. Its ancient name Prayag is associated with Rishis (saints) and Devas (demigods) eager to have an opportunity to live in this city.  Sri Rama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu,  and, Sri Shankaracharya, incarnation of Lord Shiva,  both came to interact with this city in their own ways.  Needless to state about Kumbh Mela, which provides it a global appeal.  And who can forget its role in Independence movement? And in post- Independence  era, it still continues to dominate the course of this great nation by giving birth to remarkable thought patterns. Leading politicians, top bureaucrats, great literary figures and etc.  all belong to this city. This city wedded to realism is very very slow in embracing ultra-modern changes, but now it has  started accepting bizarre changes all in the name of being in tune with time!

Even Allahabad's Skyline Above A Busy Corner Of The City Speak About Saints :-)

Even Allahabad’s Skyline Above A Busy Corner Of The City Speaks About Saints 🙂

This city has imbibed secular spirt so well without any adherence to so-called secularism demonstrated my modern India's so-called secular leaders. It's beauitul Central Methodist church located in Civil Lines.

This city has imbibed secular spirit so well without any adherence to so-called secularism demonstrated by modern India’s so-called secular leaders. It’s beautiful Central Methodist church located in Civil Lines.

Another beautiful church located in Allahabad called "All Saints Cathedral" ( Patthar Girja)!  Designed by William Emerson this church depicts Gothic style.

Another beautiful church located in Allahabad called “All Saints Cathedral” (Patthar Girja)! Designed by William Emerson this church depicts Gothic style.

A Busy Street In Chowk Area. It's always a great rush here!

A Busy street in Chowk Area. It’s always a great rush here!

Another corner of Chowk Area.  This area comes in old Allahabad.

Another corner of Chowk area. This area comes in old Allahabad.

Don't be confused! It's not a  gali of Benaras. It's Allahabad's Loknath Ki Gali :-) Here too, like Varanasi's gali, you would find Lord Shiva, Bull, Bhaang, Mithai, Chaat and sea of people :P :P :P

Don’t be confused! It’s not a gali of Benaras. It’s Allahabad’s Loknath Ki Gali 🙂 Here too, like Varanasi’s gali, you would find Lord Shiva, Bull, Bhaang, Mithai, Chaat and sea of people 😛 😛 😛

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweets being made in Loknath Ki Gali. It's called Imarti :P :P :P

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweets being made in Loknath Ki Gali. It’s called Imarti 😛 😛 😛

Parrots on sale :P

Parrots on sale 😛

 

This is Baldau's famous newspaper corner at very busy crossing of Johnstonganj :-) These two brothers  started this shop in late 90s and even in era of Internet they have done well to retain the flow of customers!

This is Baldau’s famous newspaper corner at very busy crossing of Johnstonganj 🙂 These two brothers started this shop in late 90s and even in era of Internet they have done well to retain the flow of customers!

And here Lord is on sale..I mean their images :P :P :P

And here Lord is on sale..I mean their images 😛 😛 😛

Hot Popcorns :P :P  Garma Garam Aur Karare :P :P

Hot Popcorns 😛 😛 Garma Garam Aur Karare 😛 😛

It's the place which defines the existence of Prayag..It's the place which bears testimony to one of the largest gatherings on planet earth called as Kumbh Mela..This is Sangam area, which is confluence of three rivers, namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati!

It’s the place which defines the existence of Prayag..It’s the place which bears testimony to one of the largest gatherings on planet earth called as Kumbh Mela..This is Sangam area, which is confluence of three rivers, namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati!

Visitors from distant lands arrive at this divine place :-)

Visitors from distant lands arrive at this divine place 🙂

These are Pandas-the people who perform religious rituals on banks of rivers...

Usually one finds  Pandas beneath such constructions-the people who perform religious rituals on banks of rivers…However, at this time, we are noticing only the devotees 😛

Well, it's a great feeling to be at this place...It fills you with positive energy!!

Well, it’s a great feeling to be at this place…It fills you with positive energy!!

 

Evening Hours At Sangam :-) So Beautiful :-)

Evening Hours At Sangam 🙂 So Beautiful 🙂

On Road To Sangam :P

On Road To Sangam 😛

During Mela time It's absolutely  jam-packed !

During Mela time it’s absolutely jam-packed!

This routes are created during Mela days to allow  smooth passage of vehicles!

These routes are created during Mela days to allow smooth passage of vehicles!

Beautiful View Of The Sangam Area!

Beautiful View Of The Sangam Area!

Now That's The Place Which Millions Of Devotees Each Year :-)

Now That’s The Place Which Witnesses Millions Of Devotees Each Year 🙂

I also left my footprints here :-) :-) :-)

I also left my footprints here 🙂 🙂 🙂

 A Bird's Eye View Of The Sangam Area :P

A Bird’s Eye View Of The Sangam Area 😛

Glimpse of Devotees At This Place. They come from various parts of India in a hope to have their wishes fulfilled.  But not without taking a dip in the icy waters :P :P :P

Glimpse of devotees at this place. They come from various parts of India with a hope to have their wishes fulfilled. But not without taking a dip in the icy waters 😛 😛 😛

This Is Allahabad's Fort built  by great ruler King Ashoka! Now it's under the control of Indian Army!

This Is Allahabad’s Fort built by great ruler King Ashoka! Now it’s under the control of Indian Army!

This beautiful fort was repaired by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 AD !

This beautiful fort was repaired by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D. !

This is famous Akshayavat Temple situated inside Allahabad Fort.  This temple has so many great stories associated with it from being the only place to survive during great annhilation of universe by the Lord to a place associated with visit of Lord Rama, Sita Maiyya and Lakshmana!

This is famous Akshayavat Temple situated inside Allahabad Fort. This temple has so many great stories associated with it from being the only place to survive during great annihilation of universe by the Lord to a place associated with visit of Lord Rama, Sri Sita Maiyya and Sri Lakshmana!

In Uttar Pradesh very few cities have beautiful roads :P

In Uttar Pradesh very few cities have beautiful roads 😛

 

This is Bade Hanuman Ji's Temple located in Sangam Area. It's an extremely popular temple among the devotees!  Notice the huge number of devotees at this place!  Interestingly, it believes that every year Hanumanji, who is in lying position in this temple, is made to have total bath by Ganges at least once :-)

This is Bade Hanuman Ji’s Temple located in Sangam Area. It’s an extremely popular temple among the devotees! Notice the huge number of devotees at this place! Interestingly, every year Sri Hanumanji, who is in lying position in this temple, is made to have total bath by Ganges at least once 🙂

Life around this temple. It's so colourful and serene :-)

Life around this temple. It’s so colourful and serene 🙂

These three fellows were having great arguments among themselves..Later they became friends :P :P :P

These three fellows were having great arguments among themselves..Later they became friends 😛 😛 😛

Modern upper class women might not be interested in buying any item from these shops but women from rural belts spend a long time on these shops to have their beauty enhanced :P

Modern upper class women might not be interested in buying any item from these shops but women from rural belts spend a long time on these shops to have their beauty enhanced 😛

This is a temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya ji.  Sri Adi Shankara ji was India's greatest philosopher who added new dimensions in Advaita Darshana. This temple is managed by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth.

This is a temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya ji. Sri Adi Shankara ji was India’s greatest philosopher who added new dimensions in Advaita Darshana. This temple is managed by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth.

Entrance  Gate Of This Temple.

Entrance Gate Of This Temple.

Various episodes from the life of  Sri Adi Shankara have been shown via images carved on the walls of the temple. In this one, we find him having a dialogue with another great philosopher of his times Kumarila Bhatta :-)

Various episodes from the life of Sri Adi Shankara have been shown via images carved on the walls of the temple. In this one, we find him having a dialogue with another great philosopher of his times Sri Kumarila Bhatta 🙂

Now who can forget Sri Adi Shankara's debate with Sri Mandana Misra- a great Hindu philosopher :-) :-) :-)

Now who can forget Sri Adi Shankara’s debate with Sri Mandana Misra– a great Hindu philosopher ?  🙂 🙂 🙂

Just close to this temple one would find this beautiful shop selling decorative items made of brass and other metals!

Just close to this temple one would find this beautiful shop selling decorative items made of brass and other metals!

It's a beautiful affair to have a lonely walk on these roads in Sangam Area :-)

It’s a beautiful affair to have a lonely walk on these roads in Sangam Area 🙂

Close to the Sangam area lies Allahbad's  Daraganj area. Allahbadi's best remember it for Niralaji's presence, who happened to be doyen of Hindi literature. Notice his statue behind the vegetable shop!

Close to the Sangam area lies Allahbad’s Daraganj area. Allahbadis best remember it for Niralaji’s presence, who happened to be doyen of Hindi literature. Notice his statue behind the vegetable shop!

The rustic feeling which one gets on being streets leading to Daraganj is quite unique :-)

The rustic feeling which one gets on being streets leading to Daraganj is quite unique 🙂

This street is bit cleaner without losing  its rustic appeal :P

This street is bit cleaner without losing its rustic appeal 😛

And Daraganj area has its own railway station. Small stations have their own unique charm :P

And Daraganj area has its own railway station. Small stations have their own unique charm 😛

And I also came to notice these very beautiful calves in Daraganj area :P :P :P

And I also came to notice these very beautiful calves in Daraganj area 😛 😛 😛

Daraganj area has many well-known temples. One of them is associated with Goddess Shakti: Alopi Ma's Temple.  During Navratris there is huge flow of devotees :-)

Daraganj area has many well-known temples. One of them is associated with Goddess Shakti: Alopi Devi’s Temple. During Navratris there is huge flow of devotees 🙂

Inside view of Sri Alopi Devi's Temple :-)

Inside view of Sri Alopi Devi’s Temple 🙂

Now how can Lord Krishna remain far behind :P :P This temple known as  Rupa Gaudiya Math is part of Vaishnava cult. It's learnt that  Srila Prabhupada took initiation here from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati ji Maharaja!  Jai Sri Krishna :P :P

Now how can Lord Krishna remain far behind 😛 😛 This temple known as Rupa Gaudiya Math is part of Vaishnava cult. It’s learnt that Srila Prabhupadaji  took initiation here from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati ji Maharaja! Jai Sri Krishna 😛 😛

And the life goes on in routine way on streets running parallel to this temple :-)

And the life goes on in routine way on streets running parallel to this temple 🙂

And I also came to notice this Sanskrit College Associated With Sampoornananda University, Varanasi :-)

And I also came to notice this Sanskrit College associated with Sampoornananda University, Varanasi, in Daraganj area 🙂

Have you tasted Dehati Rasgulla :P  If not, then it's time for you to taste them :P. My favourite shop lies in Bairahana area..During my college days, this was my favourite place for Rasgullas :P ...And notice the huge crowd :P

Have you tasted Dehati Rasgulla 😛 If not, then it’s time for you to taste them :P. My favourite shop lies in Bairahana area..During my college days, this was my favourite place for Rasgullas 😛 …And notice the huge crowd 😛

They taste really good :P...Just have them before I come back with Part 2 of photo feature associated with Allahabad :P :P

They taste really good :P…Just have them before I come back with Part 2 of photo feature associated with Allahabad 😛 😛

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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 References:

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Images That Strengthen My Deep Village Connection! (Photo Story Part III)

I am really happy that my previous two posts, namely, Some Breathtaking Images From The Land Of Ganges ( Photo Story Part One) and An Interaction With Ethereal Wonder In My Village (Photo Story Part II) received terrific response from the side of readers. It really overwhelmed me because being an amateur photographer I did not expect such encouraging review.  I was not able to include few images in previous two parts because having given way to strict editing I felt that these images were not as important for creating a perfect impression. Now I feel that these images should also get published, after all, judging whether an image is perfect or not cannot be the sole discretion of the photographer! And ,therefore, I take the liberty to publish some of the images related with the same tour to my village. And by doing that I feel that I am granting moksha to these images- moksha ( total liberation) from my possession 🙂

Train that steadily and slowly moved towards my station Pahara. Word "Pahara" refers to mountainous landscape which prevails in this region..

Train that steadily and slowly moved towards my station Pahara. Word “Pahara” refers to mountainous landscape which prevails in this region..

That's the road which connects Allahabad and Mirzapur..It's runs side by side the rail route to Mirzapur...

That’s the road which connects Allahabad and Mirzapur..It’s runs side by side the rail route to Mirzapur…

Scene around a railway station...

Scene around a railway station…

That's the beauty which encircles Platforms !!!

That’s the beauty which encircles Platforms !!!

Most Passengers I notice are involved either in sleeping inside the train compartment or if they are not doing that they are engaged in dull activities.  And so they always miss such scenes...

Most Passengers I notice are involved either in sleeping inside the train compartment or if they are not doing that they are engaged in dull activities. And so they always miss such scenes…

Indian Railway Stations Have Their Own Charm :-)

Indian Railway Stations Have Their Own Charm 🙂

Vindhyachal: A Shakti Peeth Held In High Regard By The Devotees...

Vindhyachal: A Shakti Peeth Held In High Regard By The Devotees…

 

Black Beauties  Swimming :P :P :P

Black Beauties Swimming 😛 😛 😛

Life Never Stops!!!

Life Never Stops!!!

Life Around Mirzapur Railway Station :P

Life Around Mirzapur Railway Station 😛

Mirzapur : Place Associated With Kajarais ( Folk Songs)

Mirzapur : Place Associated With Kajaris ( Folk Songs)

Passengers Leaving Jhingura Station As They Got Off The Train :P :P :P

Passengers Leaving Jhingura Station As They Got Off The Train 😛 😛 😛

Beautiful Roads .....

Beautiful Roads …..

Eyes so frequently meet  beautiful scenes outside the train window...

Eyes so frequently meet beautiful scenes outside the train window…

So The Train Finally Reached At Pahara Station!

So The Train Finally Reached At Pahara Station!

 

 

The train that brought me to Pahara station leaving the station :P

The train that brought me to Pahara station leaving the station 😛

That's The Small Post Office Operating At Pahara Railway Station....

That’s The Small Post Office Operating At Pahara Railway Station….

Pahara Station Has Two Loop Lines ..This Is The First One...Loop Lines For Passenger Train Means Delay Hours..So We Passengers Pray That Train Never Stops On Loop Line...But Passenger Trains Run More On Loop Lines Than Main Lines Courtesy Controller Sahib In Love With Express and Goods Trains :P :P :P

Pahara Station Has Two Loop Lines ..This Is The First One…Loop Lines For Passenger Train Means Delay Hours..So We Passengers Pray That Train Never Stops On Loop Line…But Passenger Trains Run More On Loop Lines Than Main Lines Courtesy Controller Sahib In Love With Express and Goods Trains 😛 😛 😛

Rice Fields That Belong To Me :P

Rice Fields That Belong To Me 😛

 
And that's the route I travelled to reach to my rice fields and home at Village Kanaura ...That's the route I always followed since childhood...

And that’s the route I travelled to reach to my rice fields and home at Village Kanaura …That’s the route I always followed since childhood…

This beautiful muddy route, connecting Pahara Railway Station with Kanaura village, always haunts my consciousness!!!

This beautiful muddy route, connecting Pahara Railway Station with Kanaura village, always haunts my consciousness!!!

Beautiful Birds Visit My Fields...In The Morning Time I Saw Many Peacocks But Could Not Click Their Images..However, This Fellow Got Clicked...But This One Was Not Very Camera Friendly :P :P :P

Beautiful Birds Visit My Fields…In The Morning Time I Saw Many Peacocks But Could Not Click Their Images..However, This Fellow Got Clicked…But This One Was Not Very Camera Friendly 😛 😛 😛

My Father Sitting Outside My New Home At Village...He Is Architect Of My Dreams At Village :P :P :P

My Father Sitting Outside My New Home At Village…He Is Architect Of My Dreams At Village 😛 😛 😛

Children going to school :P

Children going to school 😛

 

Evening Hours In My Village...

Evening Hours In My Village…

Beautiful View Of My Fields...

Beautiful View Of My Fields…

 

Kids playing outside the road at my new village home :-)

Kids playing outside the road at my new village home 🙂

Regular scene outside my new home in village :-)

Regular scene outside my new home in village 🙂

Life begins with sunrise in villages :-)

Life begins with sunrise in villages 🙂

 

 

Kids playing close to my old ancestral home :P

Kids playing close to my old ancestral home 😛

It's never easy to click the image of birds..You  have to chase them for hours :P :P ...This one is called " Kathphodva :P" in my village :P

It’s never easy to click the image of birds..You have to chase them for hours 😛 😛 …This one is called ” Kathphodva :P” in my village 😛

Grandmother Of These Kids!!!!

Grandmother Of These Kids!!!!

Do you think it's an easy task to walk on these pagdandis-the narrow muddy routes?

Do you think it’s an easy task to walk on these pagdandis-the narrow muddy routes?

Hope greenery always prevails in form of these crops..Imagine if some calamity leads to destruction of these crops? Let's crops always give good yield to farmers!

Hope greenery always prevails in form of these crops..Imagine if some calamity leads to destruction of these crops? Let’s crops always give good yield to farmers!

And hope my deep association continues with Ganges in hereafter journey as well!!

And hope my deep association continues with Ganges in hereafter journey as well!!

At Pahara Station...Dusk has prevailed and my train is late yet I am not worried...I am lost in memories of days spent at my village Kanaura...

At Pahara Station…Dusk has prevailed and my train is late yet I am not worried…I am lost in memories of days spent at my village Kanaura…

Pahara Station Bathed In Evening Light...

Pahara Station Bathed In Evening Light…

An Express Train On Up Line Is Approaching Fast ( Main Line II) ..And you can notice that a passenger train is standing from quite a long time on loop line II :-(

An Express Train On Up Line Is Approaching Fast ( Main Line II) ..And you can notice that a passenger train is standing from quite a long time on loop line II 😦

Anyway, I was back in my city on the eve of Deepawali.. One of the corners of Allahabad City Right Before The Deepavali Celebrations...

Anyway, I was back in my city on the eve of Deepawali.. One of the corners of Allahabad City Right Before The Deepavali Celebrations…

Celebrating Deepawali With Cute Nieces ....One of the reasons I had to cut short my village visit so as to not miss the celebrations with them...

Celebrating Deepawali With Cute Nieces ….One of the reasons I had to cut short my village visit so as to not miss the celebrations with them…

One of the reasons to be at Village is that it sustains my romance with nature..And one of the reasons to be in Allahabad is that it sustains my love for these cute kids ....They are not innocent as they appear :P :P :P...The third one from the left is my cousin :P

One of the reasons to be at Village is that it sustains my romance with nature..And one of the reasons to be in Allahabad is that it sustains my love for these cute kids ….They are not innocent as they appear 😛 😛 :P…The third one from the left is my cousin 😛

For The Readers:

All the images have been clicked by the author of this post. The copyrights of the pics rest with this author. So I request not to make use of any of the pics without prior permission of the author or, for that matter, they can be republished  only after giving due credit to the author while using them in any way.

References:

Link To Part One Of This Photo Story: Some Breathtaking Images From The Land Of Ganges

Link To Part Of This Photo Story: An Interaction With Ethereal Wonder In My Village

 

An Interaction With Ethereal Wonder In My Village (Photo Story Part II)

I am really glad that the conscious readers worldwide made their presence felt on part I of this photo story. Although I have not learnt photography in professional way, I came to learn few tricks in company of expert photographers who also happened to be my friends. I realize photography is an excellent way to capture emotions which cannot be conveyed through words. My association with my village transcends the limit of words. It’s very very deep one. Luckily enough, I have found creative mediums to manifest the intrinsic elements of this emotional bond with my village. Indian villages are still the best place to discover real India. My village is no exception. However, what makes my village unique is the divine presence of Ganges in its full splendour.  And I am sure if I venture again on this planet in my next births this alone be my place of birth and my karmabhoomi too ( a place where one is professionally involved).

This road leads straight to home built by my ancestors in the heart of villlage Kanaura.  This road is right in front of my new home at the fields.

This road leads straight to home built by my ancestors in the heart of villlage Kanaura. This road is right in front of my new home at the fields.

Notice my new home and the metal road that runs at a stone's throw from it, leading straight to both my home built by the ancestors and banks of Ganges :-)

Notice my new home and the metal road that runs at a stone’s throw from it, leading straight to both my home built by the ancestors and banks of Ganges 🙂

I am so lucky that such scenes prevail almost every-time when I take a morning walk on this road...

I am so lucky that such scenes prevail almost every-time when I take a morning walk on this road…

On both sides of this road one notices Mango and Mahaua Trees...During childhood favourite past-time was to target green mangoes with stone avoiding  the eyes of the owners  :P :P :P

On both sides of this road one notices Mango and Mahaua Trees…During childhood favourite past-time was to target green mangoes with stone avoiding the eyes of the owners 😛 😛 😛

That's the most common scene you notice on village roads...Love Cows..Love their owners- the gwalas...However, what I hate is that they mix so much water in milk that when I prepare tea I do not feel the need to add water :P

That’s the most common scene you notice on village roads…Love Cows..Love their owners- the gwalas…However, what I hate is that they mix so much water in milk that when I prepare tea I do not feel the need to add water 😛

That's the defunct canal which runs side by side to both metal road and muddy road leading to my village..I remember in my childhood it was so alive with waters of Ganges..Now no one uses it anymore! Ganges does not have sufficient waters to sustain it..

That’s the defunct canal which runs side by side to both metal road and muddy road leading to my village..I remember in my childhood it was so alive with waters of Ganges..Now no one uses it anymore! Ganges does not have sufficient waters to sustain it..

So Beautiful Trees....

So Beautiful Trees….

Lord Is Truly Artistic Guy :P

Lord Is Truly Artistic Guy 😛

Walking Under The Shade Of Trees :-)

Walking Under The Shade Of Trees 🙂

As we reach close to village scenes change...The village life becomes more visible...See the "Upalis" piled up in artistic way :P ..They are prepared from cow-dung and are used as primary source of fuel in Indian villages...

As we reach close to village scenes change…The village life becomes more visible…See the “Upalis” piled up in artistic way 😛 ..They are prepared from cow-dung and are used as primary source of fuel in Indian villages…

They are first dried under the sun like this way before being piled up :P

They are first dried under the sun like this way before being piled up 😛

Right now fields are lush green with rice crops...However, many farmers have "Bajra" and " Jhunri" crops in their fields!

Right now fields are lush green with rice crops…However, many farmers have “Bajra” and ” Jhunri” crops in their fields!

In my childhood sugarcane farming was popular in my village..Now very few farmers grow it in my village...Found this field having sugarcane crop :-)

In my childhood sugarcane farming was popular in my village..Now very few farmers grow it in my village…Found this field having sugarcane crop 🙂

Moving closer to my ancestral home :P

Moving closer to my ancestral home 😛

The metal road you just saw takes this form as it enters inside the village :P

The metal road you just saw takes this form as it enters inside the village 😛

Most of the homes in my village have given to modern style of architecture...Very few huts can be noticed in my village..Even this one is made of bricks and not mud...My own original home made of mud collapsed sometimes back due to heavy rains!

Most of the homes in my village have given way to modern style of architecture…Very few huts can be noticed in my village..Even this one is made of bricks and not mud…My own original home made of mud collapsed sometimes back due to heavy rains!

Ganges flowing at the outskirts of village :-)

Ganges flowing at the outskirts of village 🙂